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Chicago Assault and Battery Lawyer

Assault and battery charges are similar but much different. They are often confused as the same charge, but they are two different and separate counts in the court of law. Assault is described in the law as a violent crime that causes another person to expect some sort of harm or bodily violence, which could be an attempt at harm or a threatening action, but no physical contact is necessary. Battery is a more serious criminal offense, usually brought with assault charges. Battery results in either bodily injury or physical contact that is offensive to another.

  • A person commits battery if he (or she) intentionally or knowingly without legal justification and by any means causes bodily harm to an individual or makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with an individual.

Consequences for Battery Charges in Chicago IL

Battery in Illinois is an unlawful application of force to another person that results in bodily injury or touching that is undesired by another. Battery must involve a forceful action that is unwanted by the other party who brought forth the charges.

  • Up to 1 year in county jail

  • Usually a misdemeanor, unless serious injury
  • Up to $2,500 in fines
  • Community service and counseling
  • Anger management classes

Different types of charges include:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Simple Battery
  • Family-violence Battery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Aggravated Battery and Great Bodily Harm
  • Aggravated Domestic Battery
  • Aggravated Battery of a Child
  • Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer

In order to be convicted of a battery in a court of law basic elements of the offense must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Because it is sometime difficult to find witnesses in cases where a victim fabricates stories, the judge or jury need to decide whether a case can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Defense for Assault and Battery Charges in Chicago IL


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